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Driver in fatal crash denies racing
Case moves forward for 2 charged in incident that killed Oakwood teen
Kevin A Padilla Alvarez 2017
Kevin A. Padilla Alvarez

A witness told police he heard two cars revving side by side moments before one struck a tree, according to testimony Friday in Magistrate Court.

Kevin A. Padilla Alvarez, 17, was charged with party to first-degree vehicular homicide, racing and reckless driving.

Brandon Eduardo Sanchez, 18, of Gainesville, waived his committal hearing, and the case was sent on to Superior Court, according to court officials.

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Brandon Eduardo Sanchez

Gainesville Police Officer Larry Sanford testified Friday he was notified following a fatality report Oct. 30 on Millside Parkway off Mundy Mill Road.

Jesus Martinez, 17, of Oakwood, was a passenger who died after a car struck a tree. Police previously told The Times Sanchez’s car was “racing another vehicle when he lost control.”

“Mr. Alvarez stated that the driver of the other vehicle, Brandon Sanchez, had just repaired his vehicle and just got it running,” Sanford said.

Alvarez said he wouldn’t call it racing, telling the officer he stayed behind Sanchez’s vehicle in case it broke down.

Sanford said they are in process of setting up a reconstruction, where they will be able to determine a range of speed in the incident.

“I am anxious to see the outcome of the accident reconstruction, as it relates to the speed of the vehicles, which nobody had (Friday) morning,” defense attorney Jeff Talley said.

Talley asked Sanford to sketch the road on a whiteboard, showing the curve in the road and the witness’ vantage point.

Police did not perform any blood testing, as Sanford said he did not detect any impairment.

The judge moved the case on to Superior Court.

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